Pope sends letter to blind Colombian soldier he met
Pope Francis sent a handwritten letter to a Colombian soldier who lost his sight during the country’s civil war.
The pope met Edwin Restrepo, a retired marine, during his September visit to Colombia. On Thursday 9th November, Restrepo received the letter, in which the pope thanked him for his sacrifice during Colombia’s armed conflict. The pope also told the veteran he was still holding on to his ‘touching’ gift.
When Pope Francis visited a Colombian airbase in September, he greeted soldiers and police officers maimed during the war. When the pope walked by Restrepo and shook his hand, the marine bent his head forward, asked for the pope’s blessing and asked him to take his military cap. Their conversation lasted only a minute.
“He gave me a rosary,” Restrepo recalled. “So I told him I wanted to give him something that represents our military forces, and there was nothing better I could think of than my cap.”
Picture: Pope Francis greets Edwin Restrepo, a retired marine, on 8th September in Colombia. The pope gave Restrepo a rosary and he gave the pope his hat. Restrepo, who lost his sight during the country’s civil war, received a handwritten note from the pontiff on 9th November. (CNS photo/courtesy of the Colombian Navy).